What is Green?
We interpret green as smart consumption of energy and global resources. Green also refers to sustainability, where resources can be easily reproduced, reused and recycled, as well as understanding environmental concerns about global warming. We aim to promote and encourage healthy living for all life on our wonderful planet. Green building is the process of making decisions about what and how we build, like making environmentally friendly choices during design (i.e. the home’s orientation to the sun and not clear cutting trees), careful selection of materials and products that last longer, and utilizing building techniques and systems that have proven results and make sense.
The bottom line for most of us is to save money by using less energy. We also must be willing to look at longer timeframes for the return on our investments. It may cost more upfront, but energy bills will decrease as time goes on, making up and even surpassing the initial cost.
Finally, we must understand two terms that probe deeper into green:
●carbon footprint — the direct effect one’s actions and lifestyle have on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions
●embodied energy — energy that goes into a product, including the energy required for growth, extraction and transportation of the raw material to the manufacture, packaging and transportation of the final product
Learn more about the right decisions to make when building a green home here.